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Trick for avoiding pages with only one line of text?

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Mar 10, 2020

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I'm laying out a novel, and it's happening occassionally where there will be only a single line of text on the last page of a chapter. Are there any tricks to avoiding this without altering the aesthetic of the layout/font/leading/etc.?

 

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Are you using keep together options in your  paragraph styles?

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Trick for avoiding pages with only one line of text?

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I'm laying out a novel, and it's happening occassionally where there will be only a single line of text on the last page of a chapter. Are there any tricks to avoiding this without altering the aesthetic of the layout/font/leading/etc.?

 

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Are you using keep together options in your  paragraph styles?

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This seemed to do the trick. Fiddling around with the "Keep Options" didn't shorten the chapter, but at least it spread out the text so there wasn't just a mostly blank, last page. Thanks.

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Experiment with some minus tracking to take back text in certain paragraphs in earlier parts of the text.

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I create at least three versions of body text, plus all variations of body text (like if there’s a style for the 1st paragraph in a chapter or drop caps). So I’ll have Body Copy, Body Copy tight, and Body Copy loose. The only difference is adjustments in the Justification settings for each chapter. The Tight version should buy me a line in a long paragraph or half a line in a short one. The Loose version will usually take a paragraph with one word on the last line and spread it out to remove the widow.

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